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[ris-kee] /ˈrɪs ki/
adjective, riskier, riskiest.
attended with or involving risk; hazardous:
a risky undertaking.
Origin of risky
1820-30; risk + -y1
Related forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
unrisky, adjective
Can be confused
risky, risqué.
dangerous, perilous. Unabridged
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  • Such a translation would be dangerous for a surgeon seeking technical background in a foreign tongue for some risky new operation.
  • As risks go, this one might not be as risky as it seems at face value.
  • Because it is only rarely denominated in their own currencies, foreign debt can be risky for developing countries.
  • The economy has not too much debt but rather too much risky debt: safe debt right now sells at unbelievably high prices.
  • The bank had gone in for all manner of risky proprietary trading.
  • And corporate pensions, once viewed as guaranteeing a prosperous and anxiety-free retirement, are starting to look risky too.
  • Tall buildings-which take years to put up-can be risky investments.
  • Spin-offs are solely reliant on the markets to continue funding them, which is a risky proposition if you study history.
  • Transporting works of art across countries and continents is still a risky undertaking.
  • Its reasoning was that a prolonged jury trial would be risky whatever the merits of its case.
British Dictionary definitions for risky


adjective riskier, riskiest
involving danger; perilous
Derived Forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for risky

1825, from risk (n.) + -y (2). Riskful in same sense is from 1793. Related: Riskiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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